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Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment: Book Review – Does the Punishment Fit the Crime??

Mild Spoilers Ahead!

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This is going to be a long one.
Where Do I Begin…

Let me start with the Synopsis: Crime and Punishment follows a character called Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, a poor, depressed ex-university student who decides he wants to commit a murder. The rest of the novel explores the consequences of his actions.

I wanted to read this book because I hadn’t yet read any Russian Literature, I also (after reading the synopsis) wanted to decide whether Dostoyevsky’s summation of a crime and its punishment was a reasonable one.


“I wanted to become a Napoleon, that is why I killed her…”

The most important thing to note about Raskolnikov’s decision to commit a murder is that he does so because he believes that there are certain types of people in this world who can and are able to somehow overstep the boundaries of the law. What’s more is that these persons essentially have the right to commit such breaches of morality and crime for the sake of the greater good of humanity. Raskolnikov believes himself to be one of these people… until that is, he commits a murder – a double murder, and almost immediately descends into a psychological breakdown.

THE POSITIVES: Dostoyevsky’s portrayals of his characters:
Raskolnikov is such a fascinating character: he has an incredible superiority complex but he’s also very compassionate which considering his abhorrent actions, is very strange. There are countless examples which depict both of those traits throughout the novel and even more-so the latter of the two – even prior to committing the murders. Moreover, even during his bouts of mania, he is pragmatic and very matter of fact, especially when it comes to the well being of his family and best friend.

And so the question begs… What is he? He’s not a psychopath, I don’t think he’s a sociopath… (maybe a little) – could he just be a person who decided to do a terrible thing? Though he only admits to feeling guilty towards the end of the novel, his thoughts and actions throughout the story prove otherwise. As a result Raskolnikov concludes that hehad no right to have taken that step.” I wonder if Dostoyevsky, genuinely believed in this theory.
There are also other characters throughout the novel who some (despite Raskolnikov’s actions) may describe as worse individuals – I certainly can name a few; which is interesting because murder, especially in the way that Dostoyevsky chose it to be carried out, is typically the worst thing you can do.

Another thing that I liked was the diverse portrayal of women in this novel – there are many that are scattered throughout, both in passing and in significant ways. There are good women and bad women, strange women and terrible women – and though the significant ones are in one way or another, tied to the men around them and subscribe to certain stereotypes they are all shown to have their own agency and are written in a believable way.

THE NEGATIVES: This book is long! (633 Kindle pages long!) It became, particularly during the middle of the novel, somewhat of a task to get through – I wouldn’t have gotten through it in the time that I had, had I not taken part in the 25 in Five challenge last month. There’s also a lot of mention to different social movements and philosophies that certain characters subscribe to, which at times, I felt detracted from the main story – i’m not too well-versed in these topics but they did add to the understanding of some characters and to some extent the views of Dostoyevsky himself.

I’m not too sure what I was expecting by the end of this book, it came to the conclusion that I suspected it would, but as for the character of Raskolnikov, though I feel like he understood that he is not “a Napoleon”, I never got the impression that he truly regretted his actions,. He seemed to be more disappointed by that fact that his mind and body rejected his grand approach and just wasn’t able to accept the pressures of the crime he’d committed. So maybe he is a bit of a sociopath?

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book if you want to give Russian Literature a go. I actually would have loved to have studied this book when I took English Literature at university because there’s honestly a lot more that I wanted to write about in this review. If you’re not too fond of philosophy but you’re interested in reading Dostoyevsky, i’d definitely say that both the want to discover whether Raskolnikov gives himself up and the decision as to what essentially is the right punishment for such a crime is enough for the story to remain intriguing throughout.

I’m looking forward to reading more Russian Literature in the future! Also I can now spell Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s name without looking it up! 🙂

4.4 / 5

 


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Back To Blogging! ⌨🖱 – An Update!

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M I N I  U P D A T E !

First of all, Hi! I hope you’re all having a good start to the week! I’m back to blogging after having taken an unintentional month and a half – almost 2 month long break. It’s actually a bit of a big deal for me because this is the longest i’ve gone without writing anything in over a year.

The weather in England has for the past two  and a half months, been unusually hot and humid, to the point where people across the country (including myself) were for once excited at the sight of rain. As much as I enjoy the Summer weather, i’d had enough and fortunately, as I type this the weather has finally cooled down and I no longer desperately dread using public transport. Anyways enough about the weather (I had to write about it because it was so unusual for England).

So, what have I been up to then if I haven’t been writing? Sadly, nothing too exciting. July was a month of meh, whilst August has, and fingers crossed, will continue to be a really good month for me. I don’t want to talk about what those good things are just yet because I don’t want to jinx it, but when things settle down a bit, you’ll hear all about it!

 

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WHAT DID I READ?

IMG_20180727_090203_321Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín : Mini Review

The story follows a young woman called Eilis who emigrates to America from Ireland during the 1950s to seek better employment opportunities.

Tóibín’s writing style was easy to get through, the characters were well written and I liked the dialogue as well as the vernaculars used for different characters. The only thing I didn’t like were the jumps in time – I felt like the film captured Eilis’ emotional journey slightly better in the movie, the quick elapses in time made her emotions come across as more fleeting than visceral. I actually would have preferred if the book were longer and had included scenes and more details about certain characters to flesh them out even further.

Overall, I really liked Brooklyn. It was a nice and easy read, and I would definitely recommend it if any of you have been, or are feeling homesick, Tóibín does a good job of relating this experience. 3.9/5

 

WHAT AM I READING?

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To speed up my reading for this month I decided to take part in #25INFIVE which is a Readathon where you read for 25 hours over five days.

I’d been reading Crime and Punishment on and off for around 3 months and knew that I could have finished it a lot sooner. I’d also kind of been neglecting Call Me By Your Name, believe it or not because of the heat – lack of sleep meant that I couldn’t concentrate on reading. To be honest, I was kind of sceptical about my own reading abilities – unless i’ve been highly anticipating a book, i’m kind of a slowish reader. I actually found it a little challenging in the beginning especially because of work and at times my lack of attention. However, by day 3 which thankfully fell on a weekend, I was able to get back on track and get a lot of reading done.

Overall, for my very first readathon, I was surprisingly able to read around 22.5 hours, which is SO much more than I thought I would do. I finally finished Crime and Punishment and I got half way through Call Me By Your Name!

** I’ll have a review for Crime and Punishment up soon – I have soooo many opinions lol. As for CMBYN I’m not sure if I entirely like Elio… (to be continued).**

 

WHAT HAVE I BEEN WATCHING:

Westworld, (A show about a futuristic theme park containing androids who develop consciousness) ended around a month ago, and if you’re like me, then image below is probably the best representation of how I feel about the show – confused. confused BernardDon’t get me wrong I like Westworld – I love the cinematography, the acting and the score but in regards to the story so far – I still can’t establish who wants what and why i’m supposed to care… There’s something missing from this show, and I think a lot of it has to do with me not caring about a majority of  the characters. Call me unintelligent for not fully understanding the show, but I just don’t feel like reading a bunch of articles or listening to podcasts and watching a ton of videos to understand what is going on, because ultimately I want to enjoy television not be confused by it.

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I’ve also started watching the show Sharp Objects which is an adaptation of a book written by Gillian Flynn. The best way I can describe the show is that it’s a modern southern Gothic, which follows a character called Camille who returns to her small hometown to report on a series of murders. So far I like it, its different to anything i’ve watched in a while. Even though i’ve read and enjoyed one of Gillian Flynn’s novels before (Gone Girl), I don’t think i’ll be reading this one, the topic is a little too graphic for me. The show however is very intriguing and the acting and the suspense is just amazing.

 

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That’s it for now, I thought i’d have more interesting things to say but that’s it.

Are you a fan of Westworld? Has anyone read Crime and Punishment or are reading it and finding it slightly tedious to get through? Or if you’ve read Call Me By Your Name what do you think of Elio? And did any of you watch Brooklyn first before reading it? Would you recommend reading Sharp Objects?

Let me know! 🙂

I’m back to posting regularly, see you in my next post!

— Grace

 


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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want To Read/Continue 📚

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and The Bookish which has since moved to another lovely blog called – That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week features a different prompt where you come up with a list of ten books or ideas. This week’s Top Ten is Books Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish. Because i’m pretty definite when I decide to not continue reading a book/series, I thought i’d change this weeks prompt into Series I Want To Read or Continue.


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1⋅ Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – I really enjoyed the first book, it was different than I imagined (because of the TV show) and I love Sherlock’s unique detective style. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series which i’ve already bought!

2⋅ Strike Series by Robert Galbraith – These are in my top 5 favourite series of all time already, I love the characters and that it’s set in London. Right now i’m just waiting (impatiently) for the 4th in the series ‘Lethal White’ to be released some time this year.

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3⋅ His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman – I know absolutely nothing about this series but my friend constantly recommends this book series to me. (Hi Michael if you’re reading this). We have similar reading tastes, so I’m hoping that I enjoy this series as much as he does and says I will.

4⋅ The Dark Tower series by Stephen King – I heard about this series during the release of its recent film adaptation which I enjoyed and have since, after reading about how unhappy fans were that they added a bunch of plot points from other books into the film, wanted to get a clearer picture of the story.

5⋅ The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher – This was recommended to me because of how much I love Harry Potter – the main character is also a wizard. I’ve also read a couple of the books synopsis and it reminds me of a divisive Netflix movie called Bright – not the characters so much but the world-building, which i’m looking forward to reading about.

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6⋅ The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R Tolkien – I didn’t enjoy ‘The Hobbit‘ but I’m still fascinated enough to want to read the trilogy. The films are amazing, and i’ve always wanted to have a better understanding of their world and know more about the characters. I Hope I like Gandalf, because I didn’t in ‘The Hobbit’.

7⋅ The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis – I first read the ‘Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ a couple of years ago only to discover that it wasn’t the first in the series. Ever since then i’ve wanted to start over and continue the books in the right order.


 

Honourable mention: The Giver series by Lois Lowry – I was going to put this on my list but I remember myself being bored reading  (book1) it. The dystopian world was very interesting but the story just didn’t grab me the way I wanted it to.

 

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Are any of these on your series that you want to read/continue? Let me know if you do or don’t enjoy them!

— Grace

 


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The Book That I’ve Purposefully Neglected Since 2003 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Book Review (Reread)

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SPOILER-HEAVY

I was 10 years old when I saw this amazing Order of the Phoenix book display outside of WHSmiths. I’d been waiting for almost a year for it to be released and begged my Mum to get off the bus home so that she could buy it for me… and she did!

If you know me, then you know that I LOVE Harry Potter and have read the series many times. However, out of the seven books, i’ve always found Order of the Phoenix a challenge to get through – as a ten-year old, I wrote it off as being the least magical and it being too focused on themes that I was too young to understand or appreciate. i.e. grief, politics, discrimination, death etc. As a teenager, I continued to find Order of the Phoenix hard to enjoy and ended up either skim reading most of it or just not finishing it at all. *hides face* As an adult learning that other Potter fans considered this book their favourite surprised me and has for a while now, made me want to give this book another read.

This is going to be a slightly different review because it’s one of the rarest times, that i’ve reread a book. (The Harry Potter series is literally the only exception). So i’ve decided to split this review into things that stood out to me, things that i liked and things that I didn’t like.

So, what do I think of Order of the Phoenix exactly 15 years on the day of its release?

 

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WHAT STOOD OUT TO ME

1. The introduction of so many new and familiar characters:
The, who knew she was a part of the wizarding world, Mrs Arabella Figg, Don’t call me Nymphadora Tonks, The real AlastorMad Eye’ Moody, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Luna Lovegood, Kreacher, Mundungus Fletcher, Grawp, Professor what’s her face Umbridge, Bellatrix Lestrange and – i’m even going to include Ginny because her personality really shines in this book.

2. The ‘surreptitious’ and ‘indignant’ writing:
Reading this now I can see how the writing might have put me off, I couldn’t tell you what surreptitiously or indignantly meant during the ages I read and tried to read this book, thankfully due to modern technology, I now have Google at the tap of a button.

Honourable mentions: Hermione V Luna was interesting. Why wasn’t Dean Thomas made Gryffindor prefect instead? Harry and Ron don’t really care about school rules. I’ve gotten so used to Gary Oldman’s interpretation of Sirius that I forgot how young and impulsive he was.

 

WHAT I LIKED

1. The Politics:
This was such a jarring subject for me, especially because politics wasn’t a subject that I was fully aware of until I was much older. Reading about how the Ministry turns against Harry and Dumbledore, all the propaganda and censorship… Umbridge – was infuriating. It’s tough to read about, but also important. Hermione accurately deduces that ‘The ministry is interfering at Hogwarts’ – it really is an eye-opener to the different methods and tactics just one or two individuals can implement into a school to control and negatively influence others. Moreover, if the likes of someone as powerful as Dumbledore doesn’t have any say or control over it, then it really should have been something that I paid much more attention to.

2. Professor Minerva the MVP McGonagall!
Here are a few of many awesome moments from her:

‘Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?’
‘Yes,’ said Harry.
‘You called her a liar?’
‘Yes.’
‘You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?’
‘Yes.’
Professor McGonagall sat down behind her desk, frowning at Harry. Then she said, ‘Have a biscuit, Potter.’


‘How dare you!’ the figure shouted as she ran. ‘How dare you!…’
‘Leave him alone! Alone, I say!’ said Professor McGonagall’s voice through the darkness. ‘On what grounds are you attacking him? He has done nothing, nothing to warrant such –’ Hermione, Parvati and Lavender all screamed. The figures around the cabin had shot no fewer than four Stunners at Professor McGonagall.


…Harry witnessed Professor McGonagall walking right past Peeves, who was determinedly loosening a crystal chandelier, and could have sworn he heard her tell the poltergeist out of the corner of her mouth, ‘It unscrews the other way.’

She takes on Umbridge countless of times, is fiercely protective of her co-workers and students, she even takes on those wizards who are trying to attack Hagrid! Sometimes I wonder why she isn’t Headmistress of Hogwarts because she does a heck of a lot in this book.

3. The descriptive writing:
There are moments throughout where I think Rowling describes things beautifully. For me, some of her best writing is when she is describing the atmosphere and how the characters feel. For example, when Harry and Dudley are attacked by Dementors, i.e. showing instead of telling – you know there are Dementers around even before they appear. I also found the way she describes Harry going through the stages of grief incredibly genuine and so in-tune with the way Harry thinks and feels as a character.

Honourable mentions: Ginny Weasley, she’s one of my favourites in this book. Neville Longbottom, slowly but surely coming out of his shell.

 

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

1. Harry and that attitude:
Although he had no control over some of the things that happen to him, I didn’t enjoy reading about how he dealt with them. I’m still not a fan of ALL CAPS HARRY, the hole he kept digging himself into with Umbridge was so frustrating  and his reluctance to practice Occlumency even though literally everyone around him tells him to is infuriating. He should by now know the lengths Voldemort would go to, to get to him. Lastly, he’s also incredibly out of his depth during the Department of Mysteries chapters – how he thought he could rescue Sirius on his own is beyond me.

2. Sirius’ death:
Another reason why I neglected this book was Sirius’ death. Narratively it makes sense, but it’s such a gut-punch especially when you think about the fact he’s only been free (ish) for just under 3 years. A year of it is spent in a place that he hates and overall, he hasn’t had the chance or time to become a proper adult in the real world which I think is why he at times comes across as immature. In an earlier version of this book Rowling was going to kill off Arthur Weasley instead and I would have been just as heartbroken by that but for different reasons. Nonetheless, R.I.P Sirius.

3. Dumbledore’s path to being increasingly problematic!
*Sigh* I could write an entire essay about this man. Until this book I thought he was the be all, end all of noble characters but his behaviour towards Harry in this book is just baffling to me. He does explain why, but couldn’t he have just slipped a note under Harry’s dormitory door and explained why he was avoiding him? Harry is in on the Order of the Phoenix and knows that Snape is a part of it too etc. so surely one or two conversations with Harry about his plan couldn’t have hurt?

Honourable mentions: The Grawp storyline… meh. Young James Potter. The length of this book. The lack of Lupin.

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FAVOURITE CHAPTER: CHRISTMAS ON THE CLOSED WARD’

So many things get set in motion during this chapter. For starters, Harry and everyone else around him finally begin to realise just how complex his connection to Voldemort is. Harry and Dumbledore’s relationship is the weirdest it’s ever been the entire series, why won’t he meet Harry’s eyes? I’m still completely perplexed by how Dumbledore treats Harry this entire book. Before we get to one of my favourite sections, there is a moment in this chapter that pretty much becomes (I think) the most significant contributing factor to what becomes the most cataclysmic rescue mission i.e. ‘we plan, we get there and literally all hell breaks loose…’ It’s literally the smallest line, and it’s when Sirius yells at Kreacher to “Get out!”, you barely notice it, which is why I  think  it hurts so much when you realise how consequential such simple words can be, especially when it’s the unknowing cause of Sirius’ demise.

One of my favourite moments from this chapter is when we get to meet Neville’s parents. Everything about this encounter is so heart-breaking and really reminds you of the connection that Harry and Neville have – he could have been ‘the chosen one’ and if he were, would it have been Harry’s parents sitting in St. Mungo’s instead? It’s also a good moment of foreshadowing, in the sense that both Harry and Neville will both be in possession of the prophecy later in the book – a prophecy which could have had Neville’s name on it. Meeting Neville’s parents is also a nice touch, because they were once members of the Order of the Phoenix too. This part also reminds me of how empathetic Harry is towards others, despite his rage, reclusive  and reckless behaviour, he understands people’s situations.

It was also (I don’t know if nice is the right word) but, interesting to see Lockhart again. As was, the first genuine connection Harry and Ginny have when she reminds him that she’s the only person he knows that’s also been possessed by Voldemort.

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Despite my problems with some of the characters, I can’t deny the richness of Rowling’s writing, her storytelling has never been better and a few of my favourite quotes come from this book. When it comes to choosing which Harry Potter book I want to re-read, this book will still likely be at the bottom, but I can say that I have a new-found appreciation for this part of the series as it was and remains essential to the forwarding of Harry’s story and our understanding of flawed characters and them not being the black and white characters that we initially thought they were.


 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I DNF’d a.k.a Banished to my ‘Did Not Finish’ Pile!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and The Bookish which has since moved to another wonderful blog – That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week features a different prompt where you come up with a list of ten books or ideas. This week’s Top Ten is Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly.


1. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY BY JANE AUSTEN
I bought this book with the hopes of it finally making me a definitive Jane Austen fan. When I started reading it, I quickly became both annoyed and bored of all the archetypes and the pompous characters that Austen loves to write about. It’s always the same, the end goal is always marriage.

2. THE MAZE RUNNER BY JAMES DASHNER
I started reading this after the first Maze Runner film came out back in 2014. I enjoyed the film so naturally I thought that i’d enjoy the book, too. Unfortunately I didn’t quite take to it – the writing style just wasn’t for me.

3. A STORM OF SWORDS BY GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
By the time I got around to buying this book, i’d already gotten quite far in the television show. I also didn’t feel like reading about some of the terrible things that I knew were going to happen. Plus in the books most of the characters are around 4 or 5 years younger than their TV counterparts which made the whole thing twice as messed up.

4. THE POWER BY NAOMI ALDERMAN
I bought this book because of all the hype surrounding it. It won the 2017 Bailey’s Woman’s Prize and it was displayed all over the bookshop I used to work at, so my expectations were rather high. Though I loved the premise, it felt like I was reading Fan Fiction. (is that a good or bad thing? – I don’t know). Because I wanted to see it through I decided to buy the audiobook which I hope to listen to some time soon.

5. ULYSSES BY JAMES JOYCE
One day… one day… maybe not, who knows?..

6. ANGELS AND DEMONS BY DAN BROWN
I’ve read a couple of Dan Brown books and liked them for the most part. I just didn’t find this one as interesting. They’re also pretty formulaic if you’re familiar with the Langdon series. I might just watch the film instead.

7. THE CASUAL VACANCY BY J.K. ROWLING
I’ve had this book on my shelf for almost 6 years and have not read more than a chapter. I don’t know why I haven’t continued reading it particularly because i’ve read and enjoyed her other non-Harry Potter books (Strike novels) but I think it had to do with how much I was looking forward to her writing something similar to Potter and it ending up being the complete opposite.

8. DRACULA BY BRAM STOKER
I got half way through until I one day put it down and just never picked it up again. I actually liked it a lot. I’ll get back to reading it again when I remember to.

9. A PAIR OF BLUE EYES BY THOMAS HARDY
I was supposed to read this for a seminar but ended up skipping it because I couldn’t be asked to finish it. I didn’t really find it interesting enough to continue reading.

10. WUTHERING HEIGHTS BY EMILY BRONTË

I’ve watched 3 different adaptations of this book, really liked them all and finally decided to buy and then start reading it. The book itself is actually a little dull and very melancholic. I didn’t dislike it but I feel like I need to be in a certain mood to read it.

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Well that’s it for this list! 🙂

– Have you read any of these books or cast them aside on to your Did Not Finish (DNF) pile?

 

 

 

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The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla: Book Review

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I’m not the biggest reader of non-fiction. I take forever to get through them and it’s hard for me to find a particular topic or person that I genuinely find interesting – i’m more of an essay or article reader when it comes to that. But seeing as I made it a goal of mine this year to read more non-fiction, I thought The Good Immigrant (2016) – which is a collection of 21 essays by UK based BME writers, would be a good one to start with.

There are so many different stories, views, perspectives and experiences in this book, in relation to the word Immigrant – some that I related to, learned from, some that made me laugh, some sad and a few that really made me uncomfortable.

In an era where social media has made it so easy for everyone to share their stories and experiences (both good and bad) via posts and threads, there was something about reading these essays which made them so much more engaging – almost as if I was getting a glimpse into their personal diaries. They write about their mothers and fathers, siblings and experiences with those they meet and encounter in ways that made me think about my own experiences with the word immigrant and what it means to be a ‘good immigrant.’ – I could honestly write an entire essay myself on this topic… maybe one day..

❝Integrate well. Move upwards in society. Be praised – until people worry that you’re doing too well, and then they remember that you’re foreign.❞

A couple of standouts for me were:

Darren Chetty’s essay,
‘YOU CAN’T SAY THAT! STORIES HAVE TO BE ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE’
– which is about representation in children’s literature.

Sarah Sahim’s essay, ‘PERPETUATING CASTEISM’
– which is about the ‘Caste System’ in India, and a form of discrimination i’d never heard about until reading this essay.

Musa Okwonga’s essay, ‘THE UNGRATEFUL COUNTRY’
– which is about his experiences trying to be a ‘good immigrant’ both during and after his time at a private boarding school.

The only negatives I have about this book is that there are some essays that are both written and expressed better than others. Some essays ended far too soon and others felt either too long or repetitive. One thing that I noticed but don’t think is a negative per-say, is that I found myself not relating to as many essays on a more personal level as I thought I would which I think is a testament to how unique and specific every story is …And now that I think about it, the only people who would be able to entirely relate to my experience, are my siblings.

 

Overall, I think this was an interesting and informative collection of essays.

And if you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you give The Good Immigrant a read!!

4/5

 

 


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The 20 Questions Book Tag 📚

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I was in the writing mood and as I haven’t finished any of the books that i’m currently reading, I thought i’d do a tag. I really liked this one because it’s long (grab yourself a cup of tea) and there were questions that I hadn’t answered before.

Let’s do this! 😀


1. How many books is too many books in a series?

I personally think that trilogies are the perfect number in a series. If they’re longer, I either end up not finishing them – à la A Song of Ice and Fire or I just (even though i’ve bought the book) can’t bring myself to read on when an author decides to publish another book in the series several years later after saying that the third would be the last. e.g. The Shiver series by Maggie Steifvater, which I really enjoyed as a trilogy.

2. How do you feel about cliff-hangers?

I don’t mind them but I prefer when a story ends with closure.

3. Hardcopy or paperback?

Hmm, I usually buy paperbacks because their cheaper but when I do really like the look of a  hardback cover, i’ll buy them, but prettiness aside, they are very impractical, so paperback it is!

4. Favourite Book?

I don’t think I can pick just one, so i’m going to pick an old and a new favourite. Old: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, it was the first classic I genuinely enjoyed and sparked my interest in gothic literature. New: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I just loved how much I was able to connect to the main character, who is literally the opposite of who I am as a person.

5. Least Favourite Book?

I don’t really have any least favourite books, there are a few that I did not finish  because I didn’t like or connect with them but as of recent, i’d have to say The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I had high expectations but I found most of it to be boring, tedious and the opposite of what I thought this adventure was going to be like… don’t even get me started on all the songs -_-

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

For the most part yes (shock? horror?) The ones that I have read were engaging enough for me to understand why they were introduced and why they were necessary (ish) to the plot. I also, in the same way you anticipate a mystery, like to wonder about which person will be chosen – it’s all in good fun.  I instead, hate watching them play out in films or TV shows because they always write the most generic and uninteresting love triangle story arcs.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Oroonoko by Aphra Behn, published in 1688.

11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Quiet Power: Growing Up as an Introvert in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, published in 2016.

12. Favourite author?

Probably J.K. Rowling / Robert Galbraith, because i’ve read and really enjoyed a lot of her work – It does help that she likes to write series of books.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

I used to borrow books from the library a lot when I was younger but now definitely buying.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Anything Jane Austen (except Northanger Abbey), i’m just not a fan of her writing style and her books are repetitive i.e. the goal is always marriage.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks! Dog-ears are a no-no for me.

16. A book you can always re-read?

The Harry Potter series, other than that, i’m not really a big re-reader.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

I prefer silence but I listen to music when i’m on public transport or in a room where there are other distractions.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s?

It depends on the book. There are some stories where another POV really helps my understanding of the story and then there are other books where there are POVs of characters that I just don’t really care about and feel like they detract from the main characters arc.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Over multiple days, I don’t like to rush through books, unless it’s really, really good.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

I definitely used to when I was younger but recently, I can’t think of a book that i’ve read just because of the cover – for me the blurb is the most important thing.

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Well that’s it for now, I really enjoyed answering these questions!
Would you have similar or completely different answers to mine? Let me know!

I tag any of you reading this who wants to give it a go, I highly recommend it!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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